Greece, the birthplace of democracy, may be suffering from an overdose of public input.
The decision by Greece's government to hold a January referendum on its deal with the European Union to restructure public debt has thrown the pact — and investors — onto shaky ground. Stocks around the world took a sharp dive on Tuesday's news, and other European leaders left little doubt over how they felt.
A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.
Lexington officials announced Tuesday that the federal government has rewarded the city's domestic violence prevention efforts by renewing a $400-thousand dollar grant. Yhe money comes as part of the Violence Against Women Act. Despite a relatively consistent number of domestic violence calls in recent years, the number of arrests in those cases has jumped 70 percent since 2007 in Lexington. Police and community advocates credit federal grants that allowed them to overhaul their training, place a new emphasis on apprehending offenders, and maintain two victim advocates that respond within 24 hours of a call. Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.
The traffic nightmare is mostly over for Lexington drivers who take Tates Creek Road for their daily commute. Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, a 12-inch pipe ruptured at the intersection of Tates Creek Road and Gainesway Drive. It sent gushing water across several lanes of one of Lexington's major traffic arteries near New Circle Road. Police diverted motorists for seven hours while crews made repairs.
Bank of America canceled plans to impose a $5 monthly fee on customers who use debit cards in stores and restaurants. The bank's original decision to charge the fee came under sharp attack from consumer groups and individual customers.
Senators grill a high-level Justice Department official about why they didn't do or say more about two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive gun trafficking operations that resulted in hundreds of guns going missing in Mexico.
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The Eurozone has been thrown into chaos once again. European leaders thought they had finally unified behind a plan to deal with their debt crisis. But then late yesterday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called for a national referendum on the agreement. In a moment, we'll hear how other European leaders are reacting.
Robert Siegel speaks with Ken Bensinger, business reporter for the Los Angeles Times, about used car sales lots known as "Buy Here Pay Here" dealerships. Bensinger has written a three-part investigative series on this type of business. He tells Robert that "Buy Here Pay Here" lots are very common, and they prey on people with low incomes and bad credit. They charge high prices and very steep interest rates. And in many cases the buyer defaults on the loan, and the car is repossessed and resold again and again.